Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bahamas blogging #4: Pregnant with Music

Ryan and I had the wonderful opportunity  to visit with one of the classes at College of the Bahamas yesterday. We had a marvelous time getting to know the students. I was enraptured by these funny, talented, joyful young people and encouraged them to share their music with us. Gifted performers, they were enthusiastic about the chance.

One of the girls laughed and commented about a fellow student, "He's pregnant with music. He's gonna pop it out in a minute."  We all had a big laugh, but that comment has stayed in my mind. Pregnant with music. It conjures up images of the seeds of music being placed inside, nurtured until it grows to fruition, and emerging as a living thing, part of them yet somehow with a life of its own. 

What emerged from those students yesterday was, indeed, an incredible birth of song that spanned two very different cultures and touched my heart. I can still see their faces as they sang. They were breathtakingly beautiful as they reveled in the gift inside of them. 

I wept. 

I loved them all.  

Being pregnant with music was a lovely sight to observe, but I'm wondering today about being pregnant with the Spirit, not as the Virgin Mary, but as believers with the love of God filling our hearts. 

Oh, what a difference we could make in this world if we allowed the Spirit of God to develop and grow in our hearts like a kind of pregnancy, spilling out the love of God to those around us! Now that would be beautiful, indeed! 

The verses that comes to mind today are from Paul's letter to the Ephesians:

"...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;" (Ephesians 5:18-20 NASB)

My prayer for you today is that you would be so filled with the Spirit that it becomes a kind of pregnant filling, infusing every fiber of your being, and emerging from you to touch the lives of those around you with the love and hope of Christ. 

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